Bean-Corn Salad



2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed well
3 c yellow corn (not white), drained well
3 green onions, diced, (remove the white bulbs)
½ c cilantro, finely diced
1 large roma tomato, deseeded, diced

½ t minced dried garlic
2/3 t salt
3 T lemon juice
¼ c extra virgin olive oil


Make the dressing with the garlic, salt, juice and oil.

Toss all the veggies in a bowl.   Add the dressing and toss. Add the beans last.

Chill for a few hours before serving.

Diced avocado can also be added just prior to serving.

Serve with corn tortilla chips aka totopos. 

White Bean Tostadas



crispy corn tortillas

White northern beans, cooked and mashed with cumin,  in oil/butter.

beef sausage,  heated & sliced

cheese dip

garnishes:  tomato, avocado, salsa, cilantro, peppers, 



Mash beans in oil and/or butter and season with cumin. 

Slather hot beans in a thin layer onto a crispy tortilla. 

 Cover with cheese dip. 

 Garnish with  veggies of your choice.  

Note:    I make these recipes for my family and for their tastes but feel free to substitute the sausage with one of your choice.

my crockpot cheese dip:  2 cups of  2 % cheddar, 2 cups of sautéed  bell peppers & onions, and one  cup of  milk.  Stir well and  heat on low for an hour or half an hour on high.   Stir occasionally.  

Mama’s Favorite Baked Beans

1.5  lb northern white beans, cooked and drained*  (see note below)

1 t salt

1 c onion, sautéed or microwaved slightly

2 T grey poupon mustard

3 T worcestershire

1 c ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar  (might need more/less, depending on sugar in ketchup)

1  t garlic powder


Cook beans and add one teaspoon of salt.  Place beans and onion in  large container or leave in crockpot for adding the sauce.

 Mix rest of ingredients in pouring bowl to make the sauce.  Stir sauce carefully into beans.  Ham or bacon can be added. 

Bake in  buttered, uncovered dish at 350 for 45 min- 1 hour or til thickened.  Keep covered and on warm til ready to serve.

  • do not drain if beans will be cooked with the intent to freeze/reheat.  They will be need more juice for oven/crockpot/microwave reheating.
  • I cooked the beans in my HB crockpot for 7 hours on low.  Other crockpots could vary.  Beans should not be too overcooked.


*my mother who is a diabetic likes these because they dont make her sugar rise too high.